First Annual Progress Report released in Ontario
Interest in fighting litter is growing, says report
“Litter Control In Ontario: No Time To Waste” report author Sheila White gives
Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA) a nod for its “Recycle Everywhere” program, in full swing in Manitoba and making a significant difference in the rate of littering there.
CBCRA’s proposal is currently awaiting approval from Waste Diversion Ontario to launch in Ontario. CBCRA Chair John Challinor joined White at a press conference to showcase the industry’s plan.
“The beverage industry is one of several sectors stepping forward to address its product litter,” said White, founder of the Litter Prevention Program in Toronto.
“Approval of CBCRA’s proposal would be a major stride forward for reducing litter in Ontario. We urge the province to embrace it and put it on a fast track.”
White also noted that the tobacco industry is another sector that’s moving forward on litter reduction strategies for Canada.
“Two of the three major tobacco companies have met with us and have pledged to support litter prevention,” White said.
The litterpreventionprogram.com First Annual Progress Report hones in on seven litter types – tobacco, gum, plastic, polystyrene, fast food, coffee cups and beverage containers. It suggests 11 practical steps Ontario could put in motion to help reduce littering.
These ideas include enforcing laws that already exist, putting litter prevention messages on driver renewal forms, covering litter as a topic in citizenship courses and helping municipalities with funding for their litter prevention initiatives.